Some time ago, Russia cut the number of people working on a U.S. diplomatic missions staff there. The United States countered the move by halting the non-immigrant visa program throughout the Russia. Many people in Florida arrived here with non-immigrant visas. Not having this type of adjustment of status available would likely affect hundreds of thousands of people in this state and elsewhere.
Many Florida residents have been closely following news regarding recent devastation on the West Coast caused by wildfires. The situation has negatively impacted many lives, especially those of undocumented immigrants. While one may not immediately associate adjustment of status problems with national disasters, such as the wildfires, closer analysis of the situation may make the connection quite apparent.
A young immigrant whose story went viral after he complained about mistreatment by detention officials was recently scheduled to be freed. The 20-year-old is disabled due to a leg amputation. He claimed that immigration detention officers who did not know he understood English were making fun of him, saying they were going to insert a broom handle into his leg and use him to sweep the floor. Unfortunately, there has been an adjustment of status in the man's situation due to revocation of his work permit.
Many Florida immigrants have been living in the United States under a temporary protection legal status. When the program that provides the status was effectively ended by the current presidential administration, thousands of immigrants in this state and throughout the nation began to worry whether adjustment of status would be possible or if they would get deported. One man, whose protected status was supposed to last until 2019, was recently detained by immigration officials.
Many Florida immigrants want to become permanent residents of the United States, but think they must first go abroad, then apply for re-entry. That process is known as consular processing, and it is not always necessary. Those currently residing in the United States who wish to seek an adjustment of status can confer with an immigration law attorney to explore all possible options given a particular situation.
What if two Florida neighbors are having a conversation over their backyard fence and one mentions that he and his family have been living in the United States illegally for more than 10 years. What if the man further discusses the situation with his neighbor by asking for advice regarding whether he should seek an adjustment of status or remain living under the radar. If the neighbor weighs in on the topic and advises the man and his family to continue living as they have been, is the neighbor guilty of a crime?
Many undocumented Florida immigrants are waiting on pins and needles for word as to whether the federal Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program will be discarded. It helps anyone eligible to secure an adjustment of status to avoid deportation and obtain permission to live and work in the United States. Once approved, the protected status is typically good for two years, at which time renewal must be sought.
Florida, like just about every other state in the nation, is home to tens of thousands of immigrants. Many face significant challenges in their everyday lives, based on their immigration backgrounds. Some desire an adjustment of status (which may make their living situations less stressful) but aren't sure how to begin the process.
When an immigrant wishes to reside and/or work in Florida, there are often very complex processes that must be navigated. With regard to an adjustment of status, complications may arise to cause delays on (or, even dismiss) an application. For instance, a Request for Evidence (RFE) can really slow things down.
Whether you wish to become a permanent resident in order to spend time with your loved ones or move forward in a successful career, you may want to adjust your status for various reasons. Furthermore, you may have a number of questions regarding green cards and other aspects of immigration law. If you live in Miami-Dade, or another section of Florida, it is vital to find the correct answers to any of your questions and carefully move forward.